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Japanese Vintage Textile Okinawan Bingata Uchikui Wrapping Cloth

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1980: Item # 1332043

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Denenchofu, Otaku
Tokyo, Japan 145-0071

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Uchikui or uchukui which are the Okinawan dialects meaning wrapping cloth. It used to have been not only for wrapping but also for spreading, covering and wearing in old days. The bingata dyeing tecnique is either tsutsugaki (free-hand drawing with paste-resist, or katazome (stencil resist-dyeing). This one is bingata-zome with tsutsugaki. It is hand-woven of choma (ramie) whose wefts and warps are hand-plied. Sewn by machine. In excellent condition. 20th century. 132cm x 138cm